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Mosquito season off to an annoying start

Mosquito season off to an annoying start

Mosquito season is off to an annoying start in northern Wisconsin, where the problem has been so bad that one canoeing company has been turning away customers rather than sending them out on a bug-infested river.

Fortunately, though, the rest of the summer might not be so bad. A Madison entomologist said early indications suggest this season may end up being no worse than usual, and that standard precautions might be enough to keep the pesky critters away.

Some hardware stores up north have been having trouble keeping bug repellent on the shelves, and some residents said they can't remember a summer with such abundant swarms.

PJ Liesch, who studies insects at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was in northern Wisconsin over Memorial Day weekend. That Friday and Saturday were pleasantly mosquito-free, but hordes of the blood-sucking pests appeared as if out of nowhere that Sunday, he said.

Facility celebrates cancer survivors with ice cream social

Facility celebrates cancer survivors with ice cream social

A local cancer healthcare facility will host a free event next month serving ice cream lake side.

Organizers of the Turville Bay’s Survivor’s Day Ice Cream Social said there's no cost to attend the event June 8 and the social is open to everyone. 

The event is a special day for cancer survivors, their families, friends and caregivers as well as healthcare providers. The 2-hour ice cream event at Turville Bay MRI & Radiation Oncology Center, 1104 John Nolen Drive, begins at 1 p.m.

Attendees will enjoy 10 flavors of ice cream provided by Chocolate Shoppe and beverages under big white canopies, while taking in Turville Bay's Lake Monona shoreline. People can explore the Healing Garden, listen to live music and win prizes. 

Tours of the center are available upon request. Parking is free.

Some east residents asked to flush taps

Some east residents asked to flush taps

The local water utility is asking some east Madison residents to flush their water taps Wednesday.

Amy Barrilleaux, public information officer for Madison Water Utility, said an equipment malfunction at a well on Leo Drive resulted in a higher-than-normal amount of chlorine to be added into the distribution system.

"The chlorine levels still fall within state and federal allowable amounts," Barrilleaux said. "[But] we are asking residents to flush their basement cold water taps for 10 minutes as a precaution."

Barrilleaux said the following neighborhoods may be affected:

Free clinic helps Madison residents on April 26

In our well-to-do community it’s easy to forget that many families still struggle with providing basic necessities such as groceries, clothing, or even getting a haircut.

“I can understand the struggle for many of these families to provide dental care due to the high cost of insurance, but what really gets me when I walk through the clinic is when I see the long lines for haircuts. Just something as simple as paying for a haircut is an extra for many of these families,” said Felicia Pendleton, a MMSD teacher an volunteer.

It’s all part of a biannual volunteer effort by Touched Twice, the local branch of a national non-profit whose goal is to combine the manpower of the local churches, service professionals, and volunteers to together provide one day of FREE services for those in need. The clinic will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Calvary Gospel Church, 5301 Commercial Ave on Madison’s east side on Saturday, April 26th.

Parenting workshop offers doctor's advice on topics from bullying to teen alcohol use

Parenting workshop offers doctor's advice on topics from bullying to teen alcohol use

Raising healthy, happy kids is no easy task, which is why Dean Clinic is again joining forces with area educators and community leaders for Parent University.

The 2014 Parent University will take place March 15 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Rome Corners Intermediate School, at 1111 S. Perry Parkway in Oregon.

Parent University is free for families with kids of all ages. 

First responders help cold man out of east Madison woods

First responders help cold man out of east Madison woods

Police said officers and firefighters helped a homeless man out of the woods after he reported he was no longer able to walk due to the cold. 

The Madison Police Department said it received a 911 call from a 48-year-old homeless man Sunday at 4:32 p.m. saying he was drinking and that he couldn't walk due to possible frostbitten feet. 

Officers and firefighters fanned out into the forest off the 4600 block of Lien Road on Madison's east side to search for the man.

First responders found the man and placed him on a sled. The rescue team pulled him north past the railroad tracks to an ambulance on North Thompson Drive. 

Information about the 48-year-old's condition Monday afternoon was not immediately available.

Supporters: Despite spills, manure digesters make positive impact

Supporters: Despite spills, manure digesters make positive impact

In November, a pipe ruptured on Dane County's community manure digester, which converts cow waste into power. About 360,000 gallons of manure flowed through a dry ravine, according to Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources spokesman Bob Manwell. The spill entered a creek and reached the village of Waunakee, located more than two miles away, bringing with it an odor.

"As far as environmental damages, there was no immediate fish kill, which is a good sign," Manwell said. About 90 percent of the spill was cleaned up within a week, he said, but some of the spill, located in areas unreachable by equipment, remains.

"We're not saying there were no damages," Manwell said. "This is going to take some time, and we'll continue to monitor to see what impacts there may be."